A cuddly international phenomenon passes on

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A cuddly, beloved German icon has unexpectedly died. Knut, the world famous polar bear at the Berlin Zoo was found dead Saturday, floating in the pool in his compound today.

The cause is unclear, but a necropsy will be performed Monday.

Knut was rejected by his mother when he was born in captivity in 2006. He rose to international fame as a cub hand-raised by zoo keepers.

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